Syndicated Loans & High-Yield Asset Trading

With a particular focus on hedge funds and investment groups, this specialized practice area is rooted in the core competencies of syndicated loan trading, bankruptcy claim trading, private equity assignments and general business and corporate considerations.

Porzio represents hedge funds in the purchase and sale of syndicated loans, bankruptcy claims and private equity, while aggressively marketing their practice to investment banks and larger investment funds, as well as businesses outside the financial services industry.

Clients run the gamut from sophisticated financial institutions to start-ups to established businesses in connection with various areas of the law, including commercial, corporate, employment and general contract issues. Our clientele has included hedge funds, asset management firms, investment advisers and specialists, consulting firms, investment banks, and broker trading desks involved in the assignment of domestic and foreign syndicated loans, bankruptcy claims and private equity.

Attorneys practicing in this unique field have the advantage of access to Porzio's wide range of expertise across a variety of complementary practice areas, including Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring, Employment & Labor, Litigation, and Corporate, Commercial and Business Law. Porzio attorneys are also experienced in securities law matters, including secondary purchase and sales of restricted securities and bond indenture analysis.

Bankruptcy Claims

Experience in the syndicated loan markets has led to significant experience representing clients in the trading of secured and general unsecured administrative and priority claims in bankruptcy. Porzio attorneys have handled the purchase and sale of such claims in both U.S. and European insolvency proceedings.


Porzio has several decades of experience counseling new businesses as to the most advantageous organizational structure and preparing foundational agreements, including operating agreements, shareholder agreements and corporate by-laws. Beyond serving as counselors during the start-up phase, Porzio attorneys are also able to provide assistance in negotiating, drafting and reviewing business contracts, including employment agreements, vendor agreements, confidentiality agreements, sales terms and conditions, manufacturing and distribution agreements, asset sales, and mergers & acquisitions.

Private Equity

Porzio attorneys represent some of the largest and most prominent hedge funds in connection with their private equity investing. Whether a transaction involves stand-alone securities, stapled debt/equity instruments, or securities issued as proceeds under restructurings or bankruptcy plans, they have the expertise to close the trade. The firm represents market participants in the assignment of both foreign and domestic private equity, notes, warrants, limited liability company membership interests, and other assorted high-yield instruments. Our attorneys have advised clients on investments in companies operating in a wide array of industries, including the automotive, energy, financial services, insurance, gaming, media, internet, natural resources, healthcare, real estate, shipping, and technology industries.

Syndicated Loans

Syndicated loan trading, both domestic and foreign, is a key focus of this practice. Specialized firm expertise in this area includes bankruptcy, securities and general contract law, and knowledge of foreign laws and procedures in order to effect valid loan transfers in offshore credits. Porzio represents financial institutions in all aspects of syndicated loan trading. As such, the firm delivers an understanding of the legal and business issues facing market participants. A proven ability to quickly adapt to market challenges means that the firm is able to provide clients rapid and accurate execution of their deals.

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